01. Why participate?
‘Old and ‘new’ Amsterdam residents will be portrayed in a portrait studio under the same conditions. Statements of all participants will be gathered by asking short questions. The answers can be the starting point for a conversation. With this, Studio Aleppo creates space for encounters and contributes to a change in the perception of refugees and locals. Show what you can do for each other!
02. What are we going to do?
Felix Meritis will be the location of the portrait studio of Amsterdam resident and photographer Koos Breukel. Old and new residents of Amsterdam are invited to have their portrait taken. Locals pay €50,- for a portrait of themselves or their family (max. 4 persons per image). With this contribution they also make the portrait of a newcomer possible, so there are no costs for participating refugees. All participants receive a small print of the portrait taken at the studio. Refugees will also receive a digital file so the portrait can be used for a CV or LinkedIn profile. On Sunday 25 September all participants and public are invited to a festive meeting in Felix Meritis.
03. (Online) Portrait gallery
The photos will be printed in poster size on site and will form a monumental portrait gallery that will be on show during Unseen Photo Festival at Felix Meritis. The portraits and statements will, at a later time, also be published on the website where contributions from portrait studio’s in other places in Europe will be added too: www.studioaleppo.eu.
In his studio (on location) Koos Breukel photographed many Dutch residents. From family to politicians, André van Duijn and Queen Maxima. His work is part of several (inter)national collections, such as Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and the San Francisco MoMA.
04. Why this title?
Studio Aleppo is a reference to the city where Syrian photographer Issa Touma found the remains of a photo studio amongst the rubble in the streets. The (glass) negatives and prints are a symbol for societies of which the social texture has been destroyed by conflicts. A choice of these images will be on show at Felix Meritis.
All participants will be interviewed by a journalist or writer. All participants will be asked the same questions, the conversations are meant to uncover similarities amongst the participants and can be the starting point of a conversation at a later stage.
Felix Meritis, Keizersgracht 324, Amsterdam
Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 september, 11:00 – 17:00
Monday 19 untill Sunday 25 September, 10:00 – 18:00
In case you have any questions do not hesitate to send an email to Hannah Hagen, firstname.lastname@example.org or call +31 (0)6 45 62 48 89.